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From Innocence, To Knowledge And Disillusionment
February 19th, 2009 posted by JB under Adamson Chronicle

[Depending on the sense of humor of the universe at the moment, these text things may or may not have appeared in a recent issue of the Adamson Chronicle]

Hi. My name is JB Lazarte. I’m what you may consider a self-absorbed, self-obsessed, anal-retentive, English Nazi slash editor slash netrepreneur slash selfish bastard. But before I became this, a million years ago, I was a self-absorbed, self-obsessed, anal-retentive editor-in-chief of the cool student paper you’re holding. Now you call it the Adamson Chronicle. Back then, in a time when dinosaurs roamed and ate slow-moving animals, we just called it “the paper.”

Ah, the 1990s. Good times. I was an easily frightened, impressionable freshman in 1993 when Arlene Villaluz-Paredes sort of told me to take the editorial board exam. Arlene was a hot new English professor back then, and I’m sure she still is now. That was second semester, maybe November 1993, when she tried to seduce me — “seduced” me with the idea of joining the paper. And because I was the sort of “retard” who said “yes” whenever people around me said yes, or killed frogs when other kids killed frogs, I didn’t need much convincing. In February of the following year, 1994, I took the exam. By May, I would receive the telegram (this was the state of the art before texting) informing me that I made it to the cut.

Fast-forward three years later. In 1996, maybe November, I remember this one afternoon, I was all alone at the Penthouse’s terrace on top of SV Building. For those who don’t know it, the Penthouse was the office of the paper, so chosen in the same way the location of Medieval castles had been chosen. The relative isolation gave the paper a kind of independence, gave it some perspective, probably balls, too. I remember the smell of coffee from the mug in my hand, the briny late afternoon breeze from Luneta, the lengthening shadows of the Jai Alai building, and me thinking, “How in hell does one serve as the editor of this place?”

Then as now, it wasn’t easy to find the answers. You were practically just a kid. Sure, as an editor, you probably have some facility with language, but that wasn’t good enough. Here’s an idea: hit William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, pay special attention to how the children form some crude, even savage, kind of politics and self-government based on their instincts and early prejudices and fears, and you get the picture. The “savage insanity” of “managing” a supposedly independent student paper was, in many respects, very Lord-of-the-Flies-y. There you were, barely understanding the first thing about justice and journalism, and you already have the “ginormous” burden of being able to publish all your foolishness. Note that I used the word “ginormous” in a non-boobs-related context. Which means I’m actually serious.

Back then I had only been beginning to figure out the opposite sex and what to do with the opposite sex (to borrow a line from Butch Dalisay), but already I was supposed to “enlighten” other students. Keep them on their toes. Make them aware of the world they live in. Crazy shit.

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[ # 4572 ] Comment from AJ007 [March 5, 2009, 7:45 am]

Bert,

It was nostalgic.
In a fleeting moment, everything had color again, as if I could feel the cold saline vapor blown by the wind from Manila Bay thus reaching the terrace adjacent our office in the SV Pentahouse. Then the vanilla sky and the purple clouds around the setting sun had been so beautiful.
In this fleeting moment, I can recall why I joined the Adamson Chronicle…
Ah, here is a young fellow, fresh from HS in some not-so-popular school in Las Pinas, entered Adamson University to study chemistry. With pride, knowing that Adamson has a good reputation when it comes to chemistry. Challenged with constant financial straight, joined the Corps of Midshipman Officers, despite the dissent of an influencial professor. Suffered failing grade due a “lost-midterm-exam”… Quit the corps to stop the persecution of the said prof who scorn students with extra-curricular activity.
Young, idiealistic and naive, joined the leftist movement to help “change” the corrupt system and to espouse freedom, the brand that the egalitarians long for. Went on inactive after learning that some “cadres” are in cahoots with government lapdogs, yet remained to be a true socialist…
Then, in the ST Building C.R. near urinal where I was pissing, there has been an ad, by the then TAC Editor-in-Chief (Dinosour edition) inviting everyone to be a member of the prestigious TAC. And of course FULL SCHOLARSHIP…
It was in 1997, my marred track record had been rectified. I was a regular student and slowly gaining the respect of the same self-righteuos profs who thought I was not serious in becoming a chemist.
I thought to myself that 3 years more in 2000, I would have graduated, my grades were then good and if I end up in the TAC, the scholarship and the prestige of being a campus journalist would surely land me in a decent job. It didn’t happen…
I’m not sure if JoeBert still recall, but in that same day, I bumped into him in the CS Building staircase while he was posting the same invitation that was posted on the ST Bldg restroom. He was carrying a huge red and black backpack. JeoBert reacted, rather irritated, then he noticed whats on my hand. He frowned, I know he was going to ask why and what gumption have I to pluck the poster off the wall (which I later figured, he posted after pissing, meaning after holding his dick…goddamnit), so I rushed upstairs pretending not to notice him.
I prepared my flowery autobiography at LM 4th Floor looking down at the Estero San Marcelino (which I fondly call, Falcon River; all because the footbridge that connects CS to ST Bldg is called Falcon Bridge). There I met another person looking down at the estero. I recruited him in the left, he became a friend, his name is Jose Maria de las Alas or simply Jomar. He edited my autobiography to make is bearable to the EIC at that time who is famous for feeding incompetent articles to the trash can.
I submitted my autobiography, Mr. Lazarte himself recieved it. Gave me a shrinking look and dismissed me. I thought to myself that, it was a waste of time. The exam schedule was given to me.
Then I waited, and waited, until I met another member of our newly formed REJECTIONIST movement called Kamalayan -> turned LSK. His name is Danilo Balao. The three of us are called the Three Musketeers, but the RA (reaffirmist) people called us Tatlong Itlog… We call them Leauge of Failing Students then…
It was fun, I was having an OJT at the AUTRDC, I was with a good friend Anthony Tan who was mentoring me to be a good chemist by sneaking in a beer in the lab and setting up an experiment that caused the test tube plugs to pop out loud…
Then the announcement. I PASSED the Editorial Board of Mr. Lazarte at that.
Later on I learned that JoeBert is a nice fellow. A nice fellow who used my name on the phone whenever the mother of his girl friend would ask who was calling..hehehe
Then the good people left TAC, yes of course they were extinct, they can’t be there forever so they had to be replaced by corrupt individuals who needs TAC money to buy there babies a can of milk. TAC money to sustain somebody through law school. TAC money because they just don’t need it, they want it, they want it very badly, that a batchmate who wont play with the ploy will be kicked out…
Ah, the young fellow who entered Adamson just to study… ended up beaten, mocked, insulted… no self-esteem is left in his person…
The fleeting moments of joy, plunged into darknesss, dipped in blood.

Good Day to ALL

[ # 4573 ] Comment from stiban_graffiti [March 6, 2009, 5:46 am]

“Then the good people left TAC, yes of course they were extinct, they can’t be there forever so they had to be replaced by corrupt individuals who needs TAC money to buy there babies a can of milk. TAC money to sustain somebody through law school. TAC money because they just don’t need it, they want it, they want it very badly, that a batchmate who wont play with the ploy will be kicked out…” -KJ007

ito ang tinatawag kong PATALIKOD KUNG TUMIRA.

PATALIKOD kasi kung kelan wala na yung mga taong inaakusuhan ay saka magsasalita sa madla ng mga kung anu-anung nangyari nung nakaraang DEKADA. at patalikod kasi kung saan di alam ng mga taong sinisiraan nya ang mga pinagsasabi nya sa website na ito.

PATALIKOD kung saan WALA ang mga taong iyon na ipagtanggol ang kanilang mga sarili sa mga maduduming akusasyong ito. (wag mong isipin na lahat sila ay aware sa website na ito gaya ko - kaya nagko-comment ako para sa mga kasamahan ko dati na hindi alam na sinusunog mo sila dito.)

kung ito man ang natutunan mo sa TAC noong panahon ng dinosaurs- ang tumira ng patalikod - ay nakakaawa ka naman.

[ # 4574 ] Comment from stiban_graffiti [March 6, 2009, 5:50 am]

sa cockroach era na dumating matapos ng jurassic era, PAHARAP KAMING TUMIRA.

[ # 4575 ] Comment from AJ007 [March 7, 2009, 11:08 am]

“PATALIKOD kasi kung kelan wala na yung mga taong inaakusuhan ay saka magsasalita sa madla ng mga kung anu-anung nangyari nung nakaraang DEKADA. at patalikod kasi kung saan di alam ng mga taong sinisiraan nya ang mga pinagsasabi nya sa website na ito. ”
-> Oh don’t be so certain, Esteban, all my life in Adamson “after that incident” I fought it. Since you’re still Calling Celia’s CP, why don’t you ask her about it and be coached accordingly.
And your Pals in the IPIS era didn’t have the gumption to show 1 hair in there ass to OSA ever since. And this website is a PUBLIC site (at kung di ka tanga, you could have checked on the IP address which belongs to public domain). Ang website na ito ay may full public access.

“PATALIKOD kung saan WALA ang mga taong iyon na ipagtanggol ang kanilang mga sarili sa mga maduduming akusasyong ito. (wag mong isipin na lahat sila ay aware sa website na ito gaya ko - kaya nagko-comment ako para sa mga kasamahan ko dati na hindi alam na sinusunog mo sila dito.)”
-> Ang isa sa mga taong ‘yan ay persona non grata sa Adamson, malamang ‘di lang sa akin siya dapat mag tanggol ng sarili nya. And why don’t they refute me here. Why does it have be your ass at stake. You know why, because those people don’t care about you, you are dispensable, wala silang paki alam kung mag mukha kang basahan sa pambabastos ko sa pagkatao mo. And they had the chance to refute me even, when I was appealing my case against you sa OSA dati.

“kung ito man ang natutunan mo sa TAC noong panahon ng dinosaurs- ang tumira ng patalikod - ay nakakaawa ka naman.”
-> Nope, I think it is you. You can’t even link your reasoning to the point of this argument. Why not prove to me point by point that I am wrong, and that I am on a back stabbing spree… Di mo magagawa yon, dahil ‘di mo kaya…’di kaya ng kokote mo.
You people, ang nakilala nyo ay yung dating si Allan Jay. Pikon, spit fire, irrational, sensitibo… Kaya tinitira nyo ako ng ganito hoping that I get too irritated to simply stop.
Pero, people change, situation changes, maraming ng nag bago… Pero tulad ng dati, mahilig ako sa head on collision

“sa cockroach era na dumating matapos ng jurassic era, PAHARAP KAMING TUMIRA.”
 Mali! Kayo ang patalikod tumira. Ang alam ko sa inyo, mga traydor kayo. Abang abangan mo lang, malalaman mo kung gaano ako ka UP FRONT tumira… Next time, i-hone mo ang arguments mo para ‘di kita gawing basahan dito…

Tumatawag ka pa rin ba sa cel lphone ni Celia? kasi dati nung nag kita kami sa Atlanta Industries, nag kataong tumawag ka eh when she’s waiting for her interview… Dun ka mag paturo ng arguments… kung malinis ang konsensya nya sa mga nangyari!

[ # 4576 ] Comment from stiban_graffiti [March 7, 2009, 2:12 pm]

hay naku. nangangati kili-kili ko.

[ # 4577 ] Comment from AJ007 [March 8, 2009, 1:17 pm]

In truth, there are people in TAC back then who didn’t really offend me, even in those trying times.
Those people who chose not to sign the termination paper for me knowing it was formed on a twisted beliefs. And of course those people who are too insignificant, I didn’t even know they can feel… Such as itch for example:

“hay naku. nangangati kili-kili ko.” -> Got my point?

“P”ist-e-ban is such a person who is insignificant. And I really didn’t dream it in a figment of my imagination to be giving the guy an attention. I’ve just learned that aside from the fact that with a feat of happiness Esteban would be ready to be a pony to his pals in the “ipis era” (as they fondly call it, in an attempt to delineate), he could actually feel such sensation as itch, as in: “nangangati kili-kili nya…” and why am I not surprised?
Yet here is a person who would “kill frogs” if his ipis pals would say they do..

Why? Because I know Esteban, he’s a gullible fellow who rendered his artist skills to the pink oink book (that needed TAC money to be published) with a promise to be paid soon for his services… but I’m sure Esteban chose to forget about it. He enjoys there company, “perhaps it’s the smell.”

So the story goes, he got frustrated over the late payment, took some books and opted to sell it instead. Now I dunno if there are students back then who are idiot enough to buy it when my own classmates in chem wouldn’t accept it free.

The smell…

Now Esteban is still a worthy boot licker to his ipis pals. They had him sticking near where I am in this cyberspace like a sticky buger. Is it how his ipis pal repay his chauvinism?

But of course, there’s the Eulogy of Roaches… well it tells about how roaches survive because they don’t mind each other’s smell.

Maawa naman kayo kay Esteban…
Ok Esteban, its your show, now, show us more of your being a pony

[ # 4578 ] Comment from stiban_graffiti [March 13, 2009, 2:32 am]

hay naku. ang dami mo nang kwento ah. Baka alam mo rin kung sino ang nagpapatay kay Ninoy at kung talaga bang may Diyos.

[ # 4579 ] Comment from stiban_graffiti [March 13, 2009, 2:35 am]

atsaka di ako pumapatay ng palaka. hehehe.

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